Our wallpaper is manufactured in the same manner as during the 18th and 19th century.
Our distemper printing machine lives up to its name. We are probably the only manufacturer that print with distemper.
(The completely vegetable-based binding agent/glue has given its name to the printing process itself.)
An important difference between Lim & Handtryck and conventional wallpaper manufacturers, is that our wallpaper is completely washable without the use of a synthetic binding agent and top liner.
Large parts of our distemper printing machine with its loop dryer is from the late 19th century and is among the best printing machines ever made in the trade. It was called the Rose print machine due to its exact pattern alignment.
We print at a low print pace, no more than 20 metres per minute, to maintain full control of the print result. Linseed oil supported distemper needs time to harden, why we dry 760 metres at a time in our unique loop dryer.
Characteristically for distemper printing is the distinct and broad edge around the images, the so-called squeeze edge, and the colour's ability to absorb light.
Between the 1400s and 1800s, the market was dominated by block printing when prints were made using flat, hand carved wood- or plaster blocks, one colour at a time, on sheets of paper that were glued together. When cultural history, and our customers' request, we print with both new and old blocks.